Pure Joy Catering 111 E. Haley Street • Santa Barbara • California 93101

Pure Joy Catering
Wedding Catering


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Service Area

Paso Robles to Malibu

Services Offered

Pure Joy Catering’s food is on another level. If they had a nickel for every time they’ve heard “that’s the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding!”...Well, you catch our drift. It is “pure and authentic, not overly fussed with, sculpted and contrived.” They make everything from scratch with ingredients fresh from the farmer’s market. They are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free experts, and are well experienced with different cultural menus. From stations, to buffets to full plated service, Pure Joy Catering’s fantastic fare will “set the tone, bring people together and fuel their bodies for dancing into the wee hours.”

Their services begin with a meeting at their event planning facility where they’ll understand exactly what you want. They treat your budget and priorities as their own, and with great care will handle every aspect of your wedding—from the rentals, to professional servers and bartenders, to full décor and anything else you might need to make your event complete.

Prices and/or Package Info

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“The food at our wedding was INCREDIBLE! I probably had 20 guests tell me that night how delicious it was. I love food, and it was so fun for me to share good food with 130 of our closest friends and family. The service was impeccable and the visual presentation was gorgeous.”

“My fiancé kept trying to prepare me that something would go wrong on our big day and to roll with it. Our big day was flawless and a big reason for that was because we hired Pure Joy. They were phenomenal.”

“We worked together with choosing the right menu. They had lots of choices which included international foods that worked great with our multi-cultural wedding.”

“Customer service was amazing during the planning stages. Every member of their team was very responsive and helpful. And they did work within our budget.”

“We looked at all their amazing menu choices and came up with the menu together. They were completely flexible and we even made changes up to the week before.”

“We were paying for the wedding ourselves and we were on a tight budget. Patrick was absolutely essential. He showed us where we could skimp without it being noticed so we could splurge where we wanted to and still keep our vision.”

“The food was PHENOMENAL! Guests said it was the best food they’ve ever had at a wedding!”

“I’m looking for an excuse to throw a party and hire them again. Pure Joy Catering made our wedding.”

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Questions and Answers

Tell us about your company name.
What’s better than celebrating love?! Pure Joy is really the way we operate all around. We fall in love with our couples and take great pleasure in making their wedding day everything they are envisioning. We start with listening, and then customize every aspect of the day with them according to their priorities and budget.
Why should someone hire you?
Peace. Of. Mind.
Because working is the last thing you want to do on your wedding day. This is the first dinner party you are throwing as a married couple, and one of the few times in life that all your loved ones are together in one place. This isn’t the time to skimp! Let us help you create the best (and most delicious) night of your life where you won’t have to worry about the success of the party.
What are the common misconceptions about your services?
That we are too expensive. We really take pride in being able to work with clients with all sorts of budgets and making their weddings spectacular and delicious. Because we charge a little more, we are able to put a lot more into your event.
What drew you to this field/how did you get started?
Lynette La Mere grew up with her grandfather who was an excellent chef. He sent her to culinary arts school and it’s the only thing she has ever done. She started Pure Joy almost 15 years ago on her own as a single mom. Because of her passion, numerous successful events, and being able to brilliantly stay on trend, the company grew fast. We now own the land and building we occupy in downtown Santa Barbara, with a full team of fun event professionals.
What makes a wedding memorable for you?
When a couple brings everything they love to the table (literally). When the wedding reflects the personality or heritage of each family and they come together as a perfect celebration of love.
If you could have any superpower on the job, what would it be?
We spread Pure Joy at each event. That IS our magical superpower :)

About This Company

Pure Joy is a Certified Farm Friendly Dining provider. They are voted “Best Caterer” by the local readers of Santa Barbara News-Press year after year, voted the #1 Wedding Planners by readers of The Santa Barbara Independent, and Best Caterer in Central California by brides for The Knot “Best Of.” They receive the Couple’s Choice Award from WeddingWire every year.

Pure Joy was ranked #2 of the top 20 Woman-Owned Businesses in the Tri County Area. Owner Lynette La Mere is also the proud recipient of the Woman’s Spirit of Entrepreneurialship Award in Hospitality, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and quoted in national bridal magazines on trends for weddings, as well as many local magazine and newspaper articles.


Pure Joy Catering Covers These Areas:

  • Southern California
    • Santa Barbara County
    • Ventura County
  • And other areas by special arrangement.
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